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Volkswagen's 9,700 hourly employees at its Puebla, Mexico plant have a beef with their German employer over pay. After rejecting Volkswagen's August 17 offer of a four percent raise in pay, workers left their jobs this morning to strike, holding out for the 8.5 percent raise they put onto the table.

The vote over the 4 percent raise was a close one, at 54 to 46 percent rejecting the proposal, indicating that the strike will likely be short-lived and the situation will be resolved quickly. Another round of negotiations are taking place this afternoon.

Despite the strike's potential to be short, it will still be a relatively substantial hit to production -- the plant currently works around the clock five days a week and produces 1,450 units, including 350 New Beetles per day, according to Reuters.

[Source: Reuters via Automotive News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
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      The average VW worker on the assembly line is making about 6 dollars per hour, but, that does not tell the whole story, VW pays a pretty good portion of daycare, school costs and has a food allowance of 130 pesos. There is also a production bonus, vacation leave,

      They employ in Mexico about 11,000 hourly workers.

      It might also be pointed out that Mexico is now no longer considered a low cost manufacturing company and that it's inflation this year exceeds the 4% being asked for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...to which I'd say: If you can't take the criticism, then don't toss your dirty diapers out your car window onto the blacktop!!!

      I think I'm going to start calling them "Mexican Easter Eggs".

      Look Mamma, I found yet ANOTHER ONE!!!

      -Hillbilly Bob Thorton
      • 8 Years Ago
      Regarding "dirty" well, as I wathed a wonderful white family driving their shiny new SUV throw out the bag of McDonalds food---- well you get the picture, as to the diaper thing, had a couple pull up in front of one of my store they went next door to the post office, left a couple of diapers as a present on the curb, also a nice white couple.

      Boris, take your racist bullshit and shove it up your ass.

      Pigs come from all income levels, backgrounds and come in a variety of colors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live here in San Diego, and we have LOTS of Mexicans. We even have "Mexican Crossing" street signs on the freeway...showing a Mexican family running across the freeway.

      No lie.

      Then they come over here and breed like pigs...every Wal-Mart parking lot is filled with dirty diapers, as that is how they dispose of them. Instead of tossing them in the trash can where they belong, they just toss them wherever.

      Nasty!!. It says alot believe it or not. I would never want to hire them to build my car/truck...no way in hell.

      I'll buy Korean before Mexican.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope VW smashes these Mexicans like a grape. I would NOT cave into their demands whatsoever. Let them starve and continue to have babies.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A 4% raise would be generous considering the horrible quality those Mexican plants output. Maybe if they would assemble those Volkswagens so they didn't stall or fall apart so often, maybe then a bigger raise would be deserved. Until then, Volkswagen will stay near the bottom of JD Power & Assoc. quality charts.
      Tami
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boys, please stop the silly racial arguing. I feel for the people in Mexico. I think it is a shame that they are only paid $8 a day or less. Americans who own property in Mexico are told not to pay their staff any higher than what is standard because it would cause trouble. The Mexico VW workers should strike. They should get a better minimum wage that they can live on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...let's not forget the piston-slapping $40,000+ Chevy Suburbans!!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Enrique Gonzales Caballero, hahaha, Can a name even get more hispanic than that?"
      That's not even a hispanic name. No Mexican's last name is "Caballero".
      He's just trying to be as ignorant as you. I bet his dumbass doesn't even know where Mexico is.
      - Juan-Tan
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, these Mexican workers are looking down the road. They figure with Ford investing billions in assembly plants in their country they can afford to pickup and move to a different plant and still get a job doing essentially the same thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I work for TRW Automotive (we make rack and pinion steering gears for Chrysler, etc) and I must say that we have lost a lot of our new business to Mexico. And it sucks! Why pay us $14+ an hour when they can pay them $4 and hour? According to our plant manager it's a "strategic move". In our opinion it's BS. Especially when they have to come to our plant in order to learn how the hell to even do what we do. Why take our jobs away to Mexico when all the Mexicans are coming here?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll be HAPPY to generalize:

      I will NEVER buy a MEXICAN GM, FORD, NISSAN, whatever!!!

      End of Story!!

      Now, if you decide to clean up that border starting from the TJ River on out to the Gulf of Mexico ...then maybe, MAYBE, I'll reconsider. Not until!!!!

      And please, again, don't toss dirty diapers out your GM window...it's disgusting, FILTHY, and yes, a health hazard!!!

      What KIND of people does VW (OR GM OR FORD) HIRE?!?!

      ...All in the name of a buck...in the name of a buck!!!

      It's no wonder Billy Ford is greasing his axle!!!

      Here's to you (raising my 24oz can of Tecate), Carlos!!!
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